'''Antonio Pigafetta''' (; c. 1491 – c. 1531) was an Italian scholar and explorer from the Republic of Venice
. He traveled with the Portugal|Portuguese
explorer Ferdinand Magellan
and his crew by order of the King Charles I of Spain
on their voyage to the Indies
for spices. During the expedition, he served as Magellan's assistant and kept an accurate journal which later assisted him in translating the Cebuano language
. It is the first recorded document concerning this language.
Pigafetta was one of the 18 men who returned to Spain
in 1522, out of the approximately 240 who set out three years earlier. The voyage completed the first circumnavigation
of the world; Juan Sebastián Elcano
served as captain after Magellan's death. Pigafetta's journal is the source for much of what we know about Magellan and Elcano's voyage.
At least one warship of the Italian Royal Navy|Italian Navy
, a destroyer